Storm Barra - Update

Wexford County Council – Press Release – Tuesday 7 December 2021

Storm Barra Update - 10.00am Tuesday 7 December

Wexford County Council’s Emergency Management Team met again this morning as the Council reviewed the early impacts of Storm Barra across the county.

There are no major incidents to report.

While tides are high along the coast, flood defences in New Ross, Ballyhack and Arthurstown have performed extremely well, with no flooding to report in these areas.

Storm Barra is predicted to bring strong winds to the county this morning, with the possibility of damaging gusts in mid-afternoon, with a strong likelihood of fallen trees in many areas and possible ESB outages also. The Council’s emergency response crews, including roads staff, fire services crews etc are all on standby and ready to deal with any emerging issues as the storm intensifies.

Wexford County Council’s public safety messages remain the same:

  • Shelter in Place during the storm, avoid travel during the storm unless absolutely necessary
  • Stay away from coastal areas
  • Drivers to take care, avoid unnecessary journeys, always expect the unexpected and travel at an appropriate speed at all times
  • Be vigilant and aware of potential for trees falling
  • If you encounter any fallen wires do not touch them – call ESB emergency number 1800 372 999
  • Check your garden or yard for any loose materials, refuse bins, Xmas lights etc. and secure these where possible but only if safe to do so
  • Be aware that temporary structures outside hotels, pubs etc. may become unstable

Fallen trees on roads, localised flooding and other storm issues can be reported to Wexford County Council during office hours on 053 919 6000 or outside office hours on 1890 666 777.

In the event of a significant emergency or threat to safety, phone 999.

Wexford County Council – Press Release – 6pm Monday 6 December 2021

County Council fully prepared for Storm Barra

Wexford County Council’s Emergency Management Team met this evening as the Council continued it’s preparations for Storm Barra, which is expected to impact County Wexford throughout tomorrow Tuesday. The storm is predicted to bring localised flooding to many areas. Flood barriers have already been erected in New Ross, Ballyhack and Arthurstown as a precaution, with Wexford Town likely to follow suit tomorrow morning.

Storm Barra is also predicted to bring very strong winds to Wexford during Tuesday and even into the early hours of Wednesday morning, with a strong likelihood of fallen trees in many areas and possible ESB outages also. The Council’s emergency response crews, including roads staff, fire services crews, Civil Defence etc are on standby and ready to deal with any emergency issues as the storm approaches.

Wexford County Council emphasises the following public safety messages:

•         Do not touch any fallen wires – call ESB emergency number 1800 372 999

•         Shelter in Place during the storm, avoid travel during the storm unless absolutely necessary

•         Drivers to take care, avoid unnecessary journeys, and always expect the unexpected

•         Any loose materials, Xmas lights etc. to be checked and secured where possible and when safe to do so

•         Stay away from coastal areas

•         Be vigilant and aware of potential for trees falling

•         Temporary structures outside hotels, pubs etc. may become unstable

Fallen trees on roads, localised flooding and other storm issues can be reported to Wexford County Council during office hours on 053 919 6000 or outside office hours on 1890 666 777.

In the event of a significant emergency / threat to public safety, phone 999.